The Budget Fashionista: Handbags – Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade makes what are in my opinion some very beautiful, simple, yet surprisingly stylish and versatile handbags.

1. Kate Spade NY “Thomas” Nylon Crossbody¬†Bag:

Why I like it:¬†It is simple, it is cute, it is¬†versatile, and it is nylon which equals easy cleaning…need I say more ūüôā

Price & Where to buy: $138 at Nordstrom…definitely one of the most affordable designer handbags of its size

(it is an older style so you might not be able to find it everywhere but I know that Nordstrom has it ūüôā

2.¬†¬†Kate¬†Spade NY “Tenley” Crossbody Bags:



¬†In order they are the: “copa cabana”, “stripe nylon”, “palm groves”, “flicker”, “cobble hill”, and “grove park” Kate Spade NY tenley crossbody bags.

Why I like them: Options, options, options!!!¬†In Kate Spade’s ¬†Tenley Crossbody bag collection we see some very simplistic handbags that also have very different styles and designs giving you the ability to pick the purse that suits your personal taste. ¬†Having options are always a great thing!

Prices & Where to buy: The prices range from around $148, with the feisty “Tenley – copa cabana” crossbody, to $188, with the “Tenley – grove park” crossbody bag, and you can buy them at almost any major department store that sells designer handbags (Dillard’s, Macy’s,¬†Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus…)

Runners Up: 

At $248 – (“gold coast – ginnie”) & $278 (“brianne” metallic¬†leather)¬†I am in love with these purses. ¬†However because they are is the same size as (or smaller than) the others yet at almost double the price…I decided to put them in this section ūüôā

They are cute, classy, and oh so very elegant…easy to dress up & make any outfit shine.

(I am putting both on my to-buy list)

As stated above: You can buy them at almost any major department store that sells designer handbags

(Dillard’s, Macy’s,¬†Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus…)

Go & check them out…enjoy!

Whimsically Yours,


The Budget Fashionista: Handbags – MARC by Marc Jacobs

MARC by Marc Jacobs is the world renown fashion designer Marc Jacobs’ “affordable” line.

I say that in quotes because while it is much more affordable that his main line it definitely is not one of my everyday shopping favs.

This line is very stylish and the handbags in it are no less so. ¬†In the MARC by Marc Jacobs line ¬†the handbags that I’d put in the “if you can only have one then you’d better pick me”¬†category would be his Crossbody bags. ¬†

I have been a huge fan of Crossbody bags aka “bags that cross over your body” since before they were fashionable but now they are and you can find them everywhere. ¬†They are usually smaller & lighter bags (though there are large Crossbody bags), and they are perfect for a day out.

I know ¬†that when people invision women shopping they imagine us with our big purses in hand but seriousl folks…have¬†you¬†ever walked around a shopping mall with a huge purse…it’s such a pain ūüė¶

So hence the Crossbody:

MARC by Marc Jacobs “Sia” Crossbody bags:¬†

In order they are the: “Preppy Sia Nylon”, “Sia”, “Petal to the Metal Sia”, and the “Preppy Sia” Crossbody bags.



Why I like them: 

They are cute, simple, and at under $300 they are definitely some of his most affordable bags.

Additional Info:

The “Preppy Sia Nylon” as its name states is made of Nylon therefore meaning that it is easy to clean that along with the fact that at $138 is the most affordable on the “Sia” Crossbody bags = you must put this one on your to-buy list.

I really like the “Petal to the Metal Sia” because of the metal bird on the front of the purse…I know its not a Mockingjay but it reminds me of The Hunger Games! (<3)

Prices & where to buy:

Like I said the Nylon Sis is the most affordable at $138 and they go up to $298 (Petal to the Metal Sia).  No they are not cheap but in the designer fashion world those prices = worth it.

You can buy them from Nordstrom, one of my personal favorites (I could live in that store) or Neiman Marcus.

Runners Up

In order they are the: “Classic Q Karlie”, the “Classic Q Percy”, and the ¬†“Preppy Nylon Natasha” Crossbody bags.¬†

What I like:¬†They are small, cute, and fashionable looking. ¬†And the “Classy Q” Crossbody bags can easily be dressed up or down.

What’s wrong with them: While they are all under $300, like the “Sia” Crossbody bags are, the “Classic Q” Crossbody bags are too pricey to be that small for me and the ¬†I often buy smaller purses in order to help me minize my stuff but these are entirely too small for everyday wear, for me, they might work for a night out though.

Prices & where to buy:

They range from $178 to $258, with the “Preppy Nylon Natasha” on the lower end, and they can be purchased at Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom.

The Weekly Fashionista: Bandeau Bras, Asymmetrical Skirts, & Sheer Tops


Bandeau¬†Bras, worn under a sheer top and¬†paired with an assymmetrical skirt is the HOT look that every fashionista must have.¬† Although I must admit, I haven’t bought an asymmetrical skirt yet…I’m still looking for the perfect one, that shouldn’t stop you from beginning your search!

As I have mentioned before, I thought that asymmetrical¬†skirts were a joke.¬† I was like “why would you want to wear that…eww”.¬† And as for bandeau bras and sheer tops, (just like with neon sports bras & white tops)

I was like, “what is the point???…you might as well just wear a bra”. (more on that another week)¬† But I changed my mind, after I found the most amazing red bandeau bra…after that moment I knew I had to get in on “the look”.¬† So I bought the bra…without trying it on.

**Skipping a lot of details, I’m just going to say that the reason why bandeau bras look so good on the models is because they are models and most of them are flat chested.¬† So keeping this short and sweet, check out some of my personal favorites:¬†Aerie, Target & Nordstrom….they have great (affordable) bandeau bras with support build in :)**

SO Let’s break the outfit down:

The Bandeau Bra – Have you ever had a tank top that was low on the sides, had a racerback, or was a little too low in the front?¬† Well then you need a bandeau bra!¬† They are super comfortable (even the ones with support).¬† You can use them to add a little spice to any outfit: going for a day of shopping…great, going to see grandma yet your¬†shirt is really low…great, going to a party…even better!

Target has bandeau bras for as low as $9.99 so go and get you one before they run out!

Asymmetrical Skirts – You know those days when you just feel like wearing a long skirt yet you hate the fact¬†that they¬†cover up your legs…well that is where these skirts come into play.¬† They are long and light (they give a nice blowing in the wind effect)which is great if you live somewhere hot…like Texas, and…(drumroll please) they are cut so that they show your gorgeous¬†legs.¬† I think that these skirts are very versatile¬†because they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Forever 21 has them for prices that start at $15.80 for solid colored skirts & $17.80 for ones with patterns.

Sheer Tops – You can get these almost anywhere.¬† They vary from a¬†simple white all the way to ones with patterns, sleeves, racerbacks…the list goes on.¬† I would say they would be on my list of clothing essentials for women young & old…yes you can wear these too mother¬†(I just don’t want to see you when you do).¬† If you want to be flirty, you¬†have to¬†have¬†one of these: they blow in the wind, they look great, the are amazing for going anywhere where it’s hot & humid, and like I said they come in so many styles that I am sure you’ll find one you like.

H&M has very¬†simple, basic¬†white ones for $5.95 with most of their sheer tops in the $10-15 range.¬† But…since not everyone (unfortunately) has a local H&M store, stores like Love Culture, Forever 21, Macy’s & JC Penny’s have them starting at prices around $13 up to about $22…Enjoy!

I hope you liked this weeks, Weekly Fashionista post…if you have any comments, about the styles, prices, fashion, life¬†in general or items you would like to be covered in upcoming weeks…post a comment ūüôā

Whimsically Yours,


Fourth of July Swag

In honor of the Fourth of July , fashion, Instagram, and all things swaggerific, I have decided to write this post:

Simply put I do not really care for the 4th of July in and of itself. Not to go all “cray, cray” or anything but the 4th of July isn’t really my holiday. I am glad that America got it’s independence on that day but as the true history buff that I am, things didn’t really change that much for black people or women (two things that I proudly am).

However the 4th of July is still special to me: I remember as a little girl going to visit relatives in Alabama and popping firecrackers. For this fourth, I will be in Bastrop, Texas, at my dads house down there. I’m driving down with my grandparents, my two aunts, and my two cousins…my dad, my brother and sister, and my stepmom are already there.

For me holidays like the 4th of July, have rarely been about celebrating the actual holiday for me. Instead they have been a time when I was nearly assured that my family would get together and that I could spend time with all of them. This is why it’s special to me, family is very important to me and days like this remind me that no matter how busy we get, we will still be there for each other in the end.

Nonetheless somehow, around this time I always end up wearing red, white, and blue together. Of course generally speaking it really isn’t that hard for me to do, while I do not have tons of red clothing items I do have several fashion items in blue or white.

Now as I was previously about to write, before I derailed myself, this 4th of July I have decided to embrace all things red, white, and blue. Why? Je ne sais pas.

It think part of it is that I love theme dressing and to me the 4th of July is also another chance for me to embrace the theme.

Let’s break down what I am wearing:

Merona Brand Blue Skirt: $16 Target

Eyelash Brand Lace Top: $22 Kohl’s

“Pearl” Earrings: $4 Charming Charlie

(if you’ve never heard of this store before find one near you… the store is overwhelming yet amazing)

Red Bead Necklace: $8 Claire’s

Oh and lastly a big thank you to Instagram…I know I’ve been holding out on you, it’s my Aquarian personlity…I don’t like to follow the crowd, but I think it’s true love. I could literally spend hours playing with their special effects, vintage love, hehe!

Share your themed swagger with me below (in the comments section)…and yes I just said swagger ūüôā

(**Speaking of swagger…check out this video…it’s almost completely unrelated but hilarious still…Gucci!**)